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Carnival Inspiration is an old ship with a young heart. The 2,056-passenger ship debuted in 1996 as the sixth of Carnival Cruise Line's eight Fantasy-class vessels, and are now the smallest and oldest ships in ...
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682 Carnival Inspiration Cruise Reviews

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JDM2
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Parking was easy and the walk from the structure to the check in area was very close. The check in process was quick, a few minutes, and then we were told to wait in a specific "Zone". We waited in Zone 2 until they allowed ... Read more
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rawmli
Member Since 2011
1 review
21 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was the third time we have taken carnival inspiration on its 4 days baja cruise and enjoyed it thoroughly again with its ports of catalina and ensenada and full day at sea. This is a quick get away cruise with easy parking and ... Read more
gpusateri
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Wow, we were so excited for this Cruise. It was our first. I took my husband for his 50th birthday and my mother-in-law for her 80th birthday. We booked JR. Suites with a balcony. V-5, V-7, and V9. All of which are directly under the ... Read more
LakeLady777
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
6 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was the first cruise out of dry dock and featured the 2.0 upgrades. Guy's Burgers absolutely meets and exceeds expectations. I never ate more burgers on a cruise before. The toppings bar is wonderful. Blue Iguana Cantina with the ... Read more
wakeupinanewland
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
74 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had a delightful time enjoying our embarkation wedding with 70 guests, as well as cruising with 44 of our sailing guests! Carnival took care of all of the details from beginning to end--including day of coordinators, our wedding cake, ... Read more

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LakeLady777
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Every now and then, and sometimes a bit more often than we deserve, a cruise is "blessed" from beginning to end. This was the first time we cruised for MLK weekend, my 16th cruise with Carnival, hubby's 13th. We were able to find ... Read more
Finicky
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Took this 3 day cruise as part of a large group leaving from Long Beach down to Ensenda, Mexico and Back. This was our first time on Carnival having previously sailed on Princess and Disney. By far this was the poorest excuse of a ... Read more
Grkcub
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
13 helpful votes
We have cruised on several lines including Carnival over the years. Wife and I wanted to try a shorter trip close to home to Catalina Island and Ensenada. Before booking we closely looked at reviews about this exact cruise. It funny that ... Read more
Thedeadhead
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Okay for starters the food was horrible even in the dining room service was bad ,my dinner took 2 1/2 hours and was ice cold "literally" , the people in the dining room wouldn't even apalogise for the terrible service they just ... Read more
Qcruise
Member Since 2005
11 reviews
282 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
The wife and I decided to get our twin sons a little cruise we could all enjoy for their 21st birthday this year, which fell in September so we couldn't celebrate then as they're in college. One of the boys girlfriend was invited along, ... Read more

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TaraKC
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My family (including 3 kids: 17, 11 an 9) spent Dec 21-25 on the Carnival Inspiration for our Christmas break. This was our first cruise and after reading reviews, we expected a great time, fun-filled vacation. Unfortunately, our trip was ... Read more
3Dguru
Member Since 2013
1 review
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Wonderful staff, wonderful boat. All was fabulous. The food int eh dining room and the buffet was absolutely stellar (not counting breakfast, since breakfast quality on any ship line is medium), as good as I have had on 13 cruises to date. ... Read more
Soprano1115
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We were so excited to go on our first cruise. We paid for Faster to the Fun which was definitely worth it and got started. Once we got going on the cruise, there was disappointment after disappointment. First, our room stunk of smoke. The ... Read more
meh56
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
176 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
We have sailed with Carnival and also other cruise lines, so we are not new to cruising. We also knew that we would not be getting the same experience on a 5 night, over Thanksgiving, that we would get on a 7 day cruise. We decided to ... Read more
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CarlyJax
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
First this was our 5th Carnival Cruise. It just seemed to me there was a lot of cost savings and we, the passengers, paid the price. We were told to be there between 11:30 and 12:30....arrived at 11:15. We're used to waiting outside at ... Read more

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BobnLana
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Cruise for 2 for about $500 for 4 nights...and that includes the recommended tip. We did the cheapest booking without the ability of selecting our room. For the snobs that post here, check your expectations at the dock. I had a clean room, ... Read more
CptSticky
Member Since 2010
1 review
9,345 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
If you are a Carnival cheer leader, don't bother reading this because I intend to be balanced. Did I enjoy the cruise, Yes I did. What was good: The port stops (Catalina and Ensenada were great). The crew was friendly and helpful. ... Read more
Oldpurser
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
After taking multiple Carnival cruises, this Inspiration proved to be the worst cruise I have taken on any cruise line...I just list the major issues; 1. Waited 3 hours outside in the hot sun for embarkation to begin. 2. No info on ... Read more
SandyToes1978
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
961 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just returned from a 4 day Baja cruise to Catalina/Ensenada on Carnival Inspiration. This was not my first cruise with Carnival, I have cruised several times before wit Carnival and other lines as well, but this will most likely be my ... Read more
CruisinMaterial
Member Since 2005
24 reviews
10,588 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I’m a 33 year old male who sailed solo on the Carnival Inspiration for the 3 day charter for Groove Cruise. I’ve sailed many other cruise lines including Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. This was my 32nd ... Read more

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GordonC
Member Since 2005
1 review
2,545 forum posts
0 helpful votes
There were 9 of us on this cruise, the ages were from 7 to 78. We had 3 generations sailing together for the first time, 5 of us had sailed before and 4 of us were brand new to cruising. The first timers of 4 already want to do another ... Read more
baaaaaaa
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Taken many cruises in the past ... So this isn't my first rodeo. Carnival has gone downhill. Food poorer quality at all their ship locations. Major disappointment. They seem to have cut corners everywhere. Paid $20 "upgrade" for ... Read more
GARBALU46
Member Since 2007
12 reviews
88 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We took this cruise because we always wanted to go to Catalina island. We are platinum with carnival. We know what to expect. Embarkation was easy as we were escorted on early really not much wait. We chose cabin M172 which was outside ... Read more
CruiseMomma92305
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My husband and I booked a 4-day cruise on the Carnival Inspiration, out of Los Angeles/Long Beach to Catalina & Ensenada. The reason for the cruise was a short getaway to celebrate our 10-yr wedding anniversary, without our 3 and 4 ... Read more
KayboCruiser
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
Recently my husband and I took our family on a cruise to Catalina Island/Ensenada Mexico and before leaving I had been trying to find some information regarding diet restrictions. The reviews and comments I found were not as helpful as I ... Read more

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